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Better known as Luke Skywalker, The Joker, Fire Lord Ozai, Colonel Muska or Christopher Blair, Mark Richard Hamill (born September 25, 1951) is an American actor who was considered one of the best young talents in the 1970s.

Though praised for a strong performance as Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars franchise, he could never match the success of his most famous role. Despite being typecast, he was frequently in demand and performed in several lesser known films before turning more to theater (not just to pay the bills, but because he preferred it), eventually getting juicy lead roles in big plays on Broadway like Amadeus and The Elephant Man. (Actors that had seen his performances include Jackie Gleason, Christopher Walken, and a memorable after-performance meeting with the great Katharine Hepburn.)

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He has also become one of the most acclaimed voice actors in the industry. He's best known for playing dynamic, outright evil villains (ironic, considering his previous typecasting as a hero fighting against The Dark Side) in animation, most notably The Joker as stated earlier — many consider him to be the definitive interpretation of the character. He's a really swell guy in real life, despite the typecasting.

There is a persistent story about Hamill being in a severe car accident that caused serious facial injuries that required reconstructive surgerynote  and many believe it's why his character is all banged up early in Empire Strikes Back. Hamill refutes this, saying he just suffered some scratches and a broken nose and he doesn't understand how the incident was blown so out of proportion. It is, however, why he resembled a Ken doll in the infamous The Star Wars Holiday Special, as the accident happened not long before.

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His career came full circle in 2014, where he lent his villain-voicing expertise in Star Wars: The Clone Wars as Darth Bane, and then it was announced he'd reprise his role of Luke Skywalker in the Disney-produced sequel trilogy starting with The Force Awakens, and he then reprised his role as the Trickster in the CW Flash series. All of which has earned no small amount of critical acclaim and the Darth Bane role even got him an Emmy nomination. Life is good for everyone's favorite Jedi, it seems.

Be sure to check out his Twitter and Instagram accounts, which are often filled with hilarious stuff.

    Mark Hamill's Roles 

Mark Hamill's works provide examples of:

  • Added Alliterative Appeal: He invents unique hashtags for his tweets, usually being alliterative.
  • Badass Baritone: Some of his roles such as Alvin the Treacherous, Wolverine, Darth Bane, and Fire Lord Ozai are dripping with this.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: When a Yakuza fan approached him on Twitter, Hamill confessed that he had no idea who Goro Majima was, and that he had done so much voice work in his career that he couldn't remember all of his roles. He also stated he'd forgotten that he voiced Chucky in a Robot Chicken sketch, after he was announced to reprise his role in Child's Play (2019)
  • Career Resurrection: After the release of Return Of The Jedi, Hamill didn't have a huge amount of work that wasn't directly tied to Star Wars. Then, in 1992, his portrayal of the Joker gave him massive acclaim, giving him an entirely new niche as a world-class voice actor, almost universally as villains, ironically enough. Everything then came full-circle when he voiced an apparition of Darth Bane in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and he later returned to the role of Luke for the Sequel Trilogy.
  • Crossover: In 2020, Hamill filmed several ads for Uber Eats with Patrick Stewart.note 
  • Evil Laugh: Due to voicing The Joker since 1992, he has this down to an art formnote . It's been three decades and we're still not sure what he's inhaling to do these laughs.
    • It's safe to say that his Joker laugh is among the most distinctive and iconic villainous laughs in animation history, alongside those that Lucille La Verne, Betty Lou Gerson, Pat Carroll, and Jonathan Freeman provided for Queen Grimhilde, Cruella de Vil, Ursula and Jafar, respectively.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Many of his villainous roles tend to be grandiose, particularly The Joker.
  • Flip-Flop of God: Whether he's done voicing the Joker or not. At first, he said that Batman: Arkham Asylum would be his last time. But then came back for DC Universe Online and Batman: Arkham City, and said that the latter would be his last time, with Richard Epcar from Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe stepping in for Injustice: Gods Among Us and Infinite Crisis, and Troy Baker in Batman: Arkham Origins, Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate, and Batman: Assault on Arkham, despite the presence of Kevin Conroy in most of those projects.note  Despite Batman: Arkham Knight opening with the Joker's cremation, he reprised the role in flashbacks and hallucinations. He has, however, made it clear that he will come back for an Animated Adaptation for The Killing Jokethen came back for Justice League Action. And yes, Hamill did voice the Joker in Batman: The Killing Joke. And then he came back for LEGO DC Super Villains a few years later, but he didn't reprise the role in Batman vs. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (where both Batman and Joker were voiced by Troy Baker), so it comes and goes.
  • Friend to All Children: Hamill recognizes how much kids look up to him — or, perhaps more accurately, to Luke Skywalker — as a hero and role model. Consequently, he won't hesitate to offer kind words of encouragement to younger fans facing great personal challenges, reminding them that if Luke could overcome, then so can they. Of course, it doesn't exactly hurt that he's a father of three, himself.
  • Guttural Growler: Roles like Skips and Ozai are pretty big examples.
  • He Really Can Act: Hamill is best known for his more dramatic roles, but his guest appearance on The Muppet Show proves that he also has a surprising knack for comedy.
    • That same episode allowed him to show off his latent singing chops, as well (when he led the cast in a rendition of "When You Wish Upon a Star" in the finale).
  • I Am Not Spock: Averted, as he has stated in recent years that he's just fine with people identifying him with his famous roles, since, by his own admission, he doesn't expect to be remembered for everything. Needless to say, he wholeheartedly embraces his time as Luke Skywalker and his ties to Star Wars as a whole, and is very enthusiastic about Luke and what he means to the fans.
    • One Twitter user put it thus, after Hamill criticized controversial FCC chairman Ajit Pai for wielding a lightsaber in a Harlem Shake Internet video:
      I love how a lot of celebrities are like "I want to distance myself from this iconic character I played and I don't use that influence for making political statements" and then mark hamill is like "luke skywalker would hate you, personally, in canon."
    • He's also entirely happy to use his having been the Joker, famously reading out multiple Donald Trump tweets in his Joker voice. He's announced his retirement from the role multiple times over the years, but, like Hayao Miyazaki's retirement from directing, it never sticks; he just keeps coming back to the role because he enjoys it so much.
  • Man of a Thousand Voices: Hamill has voiced characters of remarkably different vocal ranges and types over the years. If you talked to him not knowing he was a voice actor, you'd be shocked at some of the characters he's portrayed.
  • Nice Guy: With a few exceptions, you would be hard-pressed to find a man as genuinely humble, gracious, and sweet, as those who know him — fans and colleagues alike — can attest.
  • Pigeonholed Voice Actor: The poster boy of this trope. Thanks to his role as The Joker, he is often typecast into villainous roles.
  • Playing Against Type: Ironically, his most famous role is this, as 90% of his roles nowadays are villains.
    • On the voice acting side, there's also Skips from Regular Show (who is the Only Sane Man), The Larry 3000 on Time Squad (who does amoral things and sometimes takes a level in jerkass, but isn't really a villain), and one-time character, Leavelle the Body Guard School Instructor on The Simpsons episode "Mayored to the Mob" (who does berate the students in his class, but that's more of a Drill Sergeant Nasty way).
  • Pretty Boy: Certainly was one in his much younger years.
  • Vocal Evolution: His voice has gotten hoarser and lower-pitched as he's aged. This is especially noticeable in long-running characters like the Joker when comparing his earlier work with his more recent performances.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • After playing the lead in Amadeus on stage, he auditioned in the hope of getting the role in Miloš Forman's movie, without success. (Of course, to be fair, he lost the role to an equally talented actor — Tom Hulce, the future Quasimodo.)
    • Hamill was almost tricked into appearing in the documentary The People Vs. George Lucas, but he quickly realized, even before the title was finalized, that it had an anti-Lucas vibe to it, and refused to take any part in it.

 
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